Benjamin SMITH 1876 -1946 Joyford Emigrated to NSW Australia (General)

by sidtoomey01 @, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 10:04 (235 days ago) @ Forest Freda


I don't know whether this helps regarding the elusive George Smith in WW1 Army uniform and a possible relationship to Jessie Smith. (I am confused and don't have a grasp on the Smith family structure. )(The ones who came to Australia).

There is a George Smith who enlisted in WW1 with details as follows :-
Enlisted 24th Dec.1915 in Newcastle although he lived in Goulburn, Country NSW. Married. (Record also says Widower).Aged 24 years 3 months
Mother : Jessie Smith. living at Hargreaves Street Newcastle. (Not far from other Smiths mentioned in previous posts)
Enlisted in D Company, 35th Battalion.
Church of England.
Proceeded overseas to France in 1916.
Wounded in action in Flanders in 1918.
A touching note is that his New Testament was found on the battlefield in Flanders in 1918 by an Englishman who handed it in. The Army then tried to find a forwarding address for him after WW1 to return it to him.

Sid Toomey

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